Inside Out with Terrell Suggs & Roddy White #3

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Inside Out with Terrell Suggs & Roddy White #2

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Inside Out with Terrell Suggs & Roddy White #1

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Stuff (for the Week of 1/13/14)

1. The best Championship Sunday of the 21st century

2. Pizza with meatball & onion

3. Sidney Crosby > Evgeni Malkin > Alex Ovechkin

4. (tie) Smell of fresh-cut grass/’Young Frankenstein’

5. The comedy that is the 2013-’14 Lakers

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DDFP 224: Terrell Suggs, Roddy White & Championship preview

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Dave Dameshek talks to the Ravens Terrell Suggs and Falcons Roddy White on a Championship Weekend preview #DDFP. (National Football League)

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Shek, Rank & Elliot Harrison are joined in Studio 66 for a comprehensive Championship Weekend preview and a debate on the matchup they’ll most like to see in the Super Bowl. Shek also catches up with the Ravens Terrell Suggs and Falcons Roddy White to discuss their personal rivalries with Tom Brady and Richard Sherman on a new installment of “Inside/Out”. Also, be sure to follow @NFLcomLIVE for entertaining playoff coverage leading up to the very unique “NFL.com LIVE: Super Bowl XLVIII” show featuring Dave Dameshek and Adam Rank.

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The Shek Report: Divisional Round Weekend

With the conference championships on the horizon, Dave Dameshek looks back at the biggest blunders from the divisional round. Find out who falls victim to Dave’s white-hot light of shame.

DDFP 223: Divisional recap & future of NFL QBs

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Dave Dameshek and the crew recap the Divisional Round Weekend and discuss the future of the NFL quarterback. (Associated Press)

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Shek is joined in Studio 66 by Around The League scribe Chris Wesseling and Handsome Hank for a breakdown of the four divisional games, including the battle for Peyton Manning’s affection by Papa John’s Pizza and Omaha, a look ahead to the title games, reaction to Colin Kaepernick’s alleged “hip hop” behavior, and a discussion on what the future of the NFL quarterback looks like.

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Spoiler Alert: Divisional Round

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I’ve got two cakes in the fridge for the games this weekend. One cake’s for eating, the other’s just to have. Figured that’d be fitting, because I’m rooting for both sides in every game.

I know, I know… I’m being Pollyanna. Or maybe I’m subconsciously trying to ingratiate myself to that fan who took my pick against his team in Week Seven so personally he tracked me down on Twitter to accuse me of “hating” his city.

I choose to believe my heart is pure. As a fan myself, I’m equally excited and empathetic towards those who’ve got a nerve-wracking three-and-a-half hours upcoming on Saturday or Sunday. As a diehard, I know the reflected glory and relief when your team wins, and bitter pain when your team loses.

Like I say, some fans accuse me of hating their team. The supposition is – because I don’t hide the fact I grew up a Steelers fan – I therefore root against everyone else. I get it, but it’s just plain incorrect. As a grownup, I’m able to successfully distinguish what I think from what I want. The intellectual aspect aside, though, my personal allegiance to one team is precisely why I’m rooting for everyone this weekend. Silly as it seems to those unknowing, unlucky souls who don’t understand the sports fan’s devotion, I know the visceral emotion post-season football evokes.

For 16 days each fall, we live vicariously through the deeds of large human beings wearing the right logo. A lucky few get to keep on rooting when the calendar flips to January. As a Steelers fan, my pain is done for the season (unlike at least one other supporter of the black-and-gold) but I still know what winning can do. Winning makes the frigid winter feel shorter. It gives us something to look forward to while chipping the ice off the windshield or waiting at the train stop in the rain or maybe even rebuilding a city.

I was in New Orleans shooting a Mardi Gras bit for Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night show just a few days after the Saints won the Super Bowl in 2010 – and just a few years after Hurricane Katrina. It was as joyous a place as I’ve ever been. I don’t want to slip into some maudlin hyperbole by overstating the significance of that Saints’ season, but it’d be vapidly cynical to ignore the boost the team gave those fleur de lis-festooned people literally dancing in the streets stretched in front of their still-tattered homes.

Is fandom delusional? Yes. Does a collection of high-paid athletes gathered from far-flung origins winning a game actually fix anything in your life? No. But like the Marx Brothers do for Woody Allen at the end of ‘Hannah and Her Sisters’, a playoff game – even one our team loses – gives us a distraction, and at best makes us part of something larger, something shared, something fun. Like Woody asks, “Don’t you want to be a part of the experience?” Yes, Woody, I do. And that’s why I’m eating just one cake this weekend.

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Warning: do NOT continue reading this if you don’t want to know the scores of the divisional round games.

(1-3 last week, 166-96 on the season)

SAINTS 16

SEAHAWKS 24

NO – D. Brees: 299 yds, TD, 2 INTs

SEA – M. Lynch: 133 yds, TD

COLTS 24

PATS 35

IND – T.Y. Hilton: 52 yds

NE – S. Vereen: 142 yds/scrimmage, 2 TDs

NINERS 23

PANTHERS 10

SF – A. Boldin: 86 yds, TD

CAR – D. Williams: 41 yds

CHARGERS 24

BRONCOS 37

SD – M. Ingram: 2 sacks

DEN – D. Thomas: 114 yds, 2 TDs

Enjoy the divisional round, everybody! I hope your team wins…

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Stuff (for the week of 1/6/14)

1. 75 & sunny in Los Angeles

2. Kaepernick’s wheels

3. Amy Adams in ‘American Hustle’

4. Bolo ties

5. Navy bean soup

 

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DDFP 222: Victor Cruz, Ross Tucker & Divisional preview

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New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz joins #DDFP 222 on the Divisional Weekend preview. (Associated Press)

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Shek & Rank are joined by Ross Tucker (@RossTuckerNFL) for a Divisional Weekend preview, including a ranking of the eight quarterbacks still standing and a breakdown of the worst NFL clichés. Around The League scribe Dan Hanzus then stops by Studio 66 for a “Greatest quarterback of the Super Bowl era” debate; and Rank catches up with Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz to discuss the game’s best catchers, having Jay-Z as an agent and the athletes he follows on twitter.

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Victor Cruz talks about the Xbox One Playoff Face Off on #DDFP 222.